Grad Success

SJVC Fresno Clinical Medical Assisting graduate Luis Renteria

Fresno Clinical Medical Assisting graduate overcomes insecurities to find career success

by Nyla on April 18, 2019

Do dreams have expiration dates? Luis Renteria will tell you they do not. He will also tell you that those dreams will never materialize if you don’t stretch yourself to bring them to life. “Everybody has dreams, but so many are not going to do anything about it,” he says. “If you want something, you

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Medical Assisting

SJVC Aviation Maintenance Technology program graduate Mason Houk

Mechanical aptitude is the “It Factor” that can boost a career in Aviation Maintenance

by Nyla on March 7, 2019

After more than 20 years in the aviation maintenance industry, Mason Houk knows the key ingredient that gives new hires a distinctive edge: Hands-on experience. “You’re either good with mechanical devices or you’re not,” he says of new A&P (Airframe and Power Plant) Aviation Maintenance Technology recruits at SkyWest Airlines in Fresno, where he is

Posted in Aviation Maintenance Technology / Fresno / Grad Success

Fresno Surg Tech graduate Christina Santiago and family

Surg Tech grad leans in during medical emergencies

by Nyla on December 13, 2018

Christina Santiago is one of those people who immediately rushes into a medical emergency situation. No hesitation. It is both her training as a Surgical Technologist and her nature. “I don’t panic under pressure,” she says. “You are to-the-wall excited, but it doesn’t come out in my work. I am completely calm right then.” The

Posted in Fresno / Grad Success / Surgical Technologist

Porterville Medical Secretary Graduate Delilah Sanchez

Mother of five buckles down to make her administrative medical career happen

by Nyla on November 29, 2018

Don’t tell Delilah Sanchez she can’t do something. “If I put myself into something and hear anybody tell me I can’t do that, I am determined to show them they’re wrong,” she says. “I’ve always done that.” That includes her spontaneous decision to check out SJVC’s Porterville campus one day and enroll in the Medical

Posted in Grad Success / Medical Office / Porterville

Bakersfield Surgical Tech graduate Frank Weeden

Surg Tech is perfect career choice for former army medic

by Nyla on November 8, 2018

Frank Weeden has known since he was 14 years old that he wanted a medical career, but it took him almost 35 years to get there. He got his first taste of what that career might be like during his military service. He enlisted right out of high school, and after boot camp trained as

Posted in Bakersfield / Grad Success / Surgical Technologist

Modesto Criminal Justice Corrections graduate Javy Arteaga

Modesto Corrections graduate reflects on 10 years working in the Sheriff’s Department

by Nyla on November 1, 2018

Javier (Javy) Arteaga spent a few years jumping from job to job in California’s Central Valley. He mixed formulas for a feed company, worked on a forklift in a warehouse and had a few other good-for-right-now kinds of jobs. “I was young and anything steady that made some money was good for me,” he says.

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Modesto

Ontario Criminal Justice Corrections graduate Geri Tercero

Corrections graduate will not let childhood abuse affect her future

by Nyla on October 18, 2018

Geri Tercero was in a mentally frozen state and knew she was going to have to do something very hard and painful to break free. She had endured childhood sexual and physical abuse off-and-on for eight years by a close family member. Her guard was way up and seemed a permanent fixture in front of

Posted in Criminal Justice: Corrections / Grad Success / Ontario

Dental Assistant graduate Vanessa Lopez Ojeda

Dental Assistant student lands job at extern site 6 weeks before graduating

by Nyla on October 4, 2018

Vanessa Ojeda made a smooth transition from high school to SJVC’s Dental Assistant program in Visalia. “I thought Dental Assisting would be interesting because you don’t just do one thing every day,” she says. “You see lots of different people, and you get to do a variety of procedures.” Vanessa’s sister Jennifer had graduated from

Posted in Dental Assisting / Grad Success / Visalia

Lancaster Medical Office program graduate Gloria Broadous

Going back to school helped Medical Office student process her grief

by Nyla on September 13, 2018

Healing comes in many forms, and Gloria (Glo) Broadous felt that continuing her education might help her focus on something besides the pain of losing William, her husband of 37 years. “After a year and a half of just trying to get past the grief, I needed something positive to focus on,” she says. “I

Posted in Antelope Valley / Grad Success / Medical Office